AJ+C applies Passive House principles to early education environment
media release 28.05.19

AJ+C applies Passive House principles to early education environment

Musical artist and renowned children’s entertainer, Mrs Naomi Young (“Nay Nay”) officially opened the new AJ+C designed Meriden Junior School Lingwood Campus in Strathfield. The Lingwood Campus is a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten open to girls and boys.

The project provides a purpose-built space for 132 pupils and 12 staff. The vision was to design a space that aligns with Meriden’s strategic plan, their vision and the Fidelis Model, a framework that unites and coordinates all aspects of a student’s learning in Christian Schools.

The campus includes:
• Six new purpose-built classrooms
• Two new art rooms
• Restoration and adaption of the existing ‘Lingwood House’ into a library, reception and staff area.
• 2 new play areas
• A COLA (covered outdoor learning area)

Dr Michele Benn, Head of Meriden’s Junior School, said Lingwood Campus was built with the understanding that the physical environment plays a pivotal role in the social, emotional and academic development of young children.

“A purpose-built site, where everything is designed to meet the needs of the children, can reduce environmental stressors and contributes to the safe and supportive environment that is optimal for our youngest students,” Dr Benn said.

“Lingwood’s classrooms are designed so students experience a real connection between indoor and outdoor learning because of their glass sliding doors and covered outdoor areas adjacent to classrooms. This is particularly important for this age group as it helps to facilitate play-based learning. Through play, children improve their problem-solving and flexible thinking skills, they learn how to process and display emotions and how to interact with others.”

With the unwavering commitment of our client, AJ+C has taken a number of sustainability initiatives on the project through to its completion, including the installation of solar panels, rainwater harvesting and designing the new building to ‘Passive house’ principles. Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Meriden comprises three adjacent campuses: Lingwood (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten), Junior School (Years 1 – 6) and Senior School (Years 7 – 12). AJ+C are currently working on projects in all three campuses.

Congratulations to the AJ+C project team Mark Louw, Giselle Moore, Antony Di Cristo, Pip Bowling, Ian Hollen, Michele Edens, David Haire, Katie Barnes, Kris Ormuz, Tom Rogers.

For more information on this project please contact Mark Louw mark.louw@architectsajc.com

Photo: Scott Norton, Antony Di Cristo, Katie Barnes, Michele Edens, Giselle Moore, David Haire

AJ+C shortlisted 5 times in the 2019 AIA NSW State Awards
media release 8.05.19

AJ+C shortlisted 5 times in the 2019 AIA NSW State Awards

AJ+C has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects with three projects shortlisted in the 2019 NSW State Awards. Shortlisted projects include:

The Burcham, Rosebery
Shortlisted for: multi residential, heritage & sustainable categories.
This remarkable project embraces the site’s unique history, re-using the former 1918 Wrigley’s Gum Factory building as residential apartments. Our additions included: two new 4 and 5 storey apartment buildings.

Maybanke, Balmain
Shortlisted for: residential alteration & additions category.
The building’s heritage was recognised and celebrated, with the removal of an unsympathetic extension and the creation of a new contemporary element.

Polaris, North Sydney
Shortlisted for: multi residential category.
Driven by an innovative design approach, Polaris both maximises the solar access to each apartment and minimises overshadowing of its neighbours. Reverse engineering the building envelope from solar studies resulted in a unique crystalline form.

AJ+C congratulates everyone involved in these projects. The winners are announced on Friday 5 July 2019.

Opening of the Hudson Library, Meriden
media release 8.04.19

Opening of the Hudson Library, Meriden

This month our team joined principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh at the opening of the Hudson Library, Meriden.

AJ+C were engaged by Meriden school to convert the existing library space into a new learning precinct for the senior school. Our Design approach was to create a decentralized space, with more agility, connectivity and flexibility for the students and staff.

The space includes 5 history classrooms, a central learning commons, reference library, senior girls group and quiet study area, and a staffroom and utility area. As a part of this process we had to address issues of accessibility to the Senior girls quiet study space and library which is on a lowered floor level. Key aims for new the works emanating from the design include maximising flexibility, multifunctional spaces, natural light, interconnectivity and transparency between spaces all of which allows students to engage with one another and have access to resources as needed.

The aim of this design was to transform the existing operations of a typical library into a collaborative and flexible teaching and learning space. Our design aimed to combine the learning spaces in such a way as to create flexible teaching and learning spaces that could be used for individual study, classroom teaching spaces that function as typical classrooms when required but that could also be opened up to the learning commons for easy accessibility between the spaces for collaborative work. The resource learning space means that the resources are immediately on hand and available within the faculty space which can also be accessed by the student after hours.

For more information on this project please contact Rae Gallagher rae.gallagher@architectsajc.com

Photo: Innes Wilson, Scott Norton, Katie Barnes, Michele Edens, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, Mark Louw

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